We were fortunate enough to be able to do some traveling this summer. In my next few posts I’d love to share our adventures!
Twenty Third Anniversary Get-Away
For many years we never really made a big deal about our anniversary. Let’s face it, we’ve got three kids and life is C-R-A-Z-Y! We would usually try go out to dinner or something, but, like Valentine’s Day, it always snuck up on us.
First of all, we got married over Memorial Day weekend. It seemed like a great idea at the time, as we were living in Seattle and getting married at home in upstate New York. We thought a holiday weekend was ideal for travel, etc. As time moved on and our kids got older and busier, Memorial Day weekend became not only the unofficial start of summer but a crazy, event filled, hectic weekend! Our town has a huge parade in which all of our kids have participated in some way or another, be it little league teams, brownies or marching in their school band. Then, when our son got to high school, his lacrosse team always had a big sectional game on Memorial Day Weekend, which we certainly didn’t want to miss!
About five or six years ago we started throwing around the idea of trying to get away for a night or two. We quickly realized that, with the hectic weekend activities, one night was going to be it, and 1.5-2 hours away was going to be the max! We are so fortunate that my parents and my sister and her family live in the same town. A one day get-away for the two of us can require scheduling for numerous rides here and there for the kids, care for the dog, multiple meals, laundry, homework help, etc. As many of you know, sometimes the prep to get away doesn’t seem to justify the trip itself!
The first couple of years we went to the Woodstock Inn in Vermont, one of our faves! (@woodstockinn.com) Just under a two-hour drive, it never disappoints! Winter, spring, summer or fall, it is just beautiful! Great dining at the Inn and in the super quaint town, good hiking and shopping, amazing spa, too!
Another favorite we’ve visited is the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, NY. (@mirrorlakeinn.com) Lake Placid is an absolutely beautiful location, home to the 1980 Winter Olympics. Again, all four seasons are breathtaking there, and the Inn is wonderful! About an hour and a half drive for us!
A couple of years ago our daughter decided to go to college in Rhode Island. This was an area of New England that both Chuck and I had never gotten to know very well. I had always heard of Newport and everything I’d seen made it look like the quintessential New England town. So, not long after she committed to her school we booked our anniversary trip for Newport. OH MY GOD…let’s just say that I would move there IN A SECOND if I could! I loved everything about it! On a recommendation from my good friend we booked the Attwater Hotel, a member of Lark Hotels. (@larkhotels.com) It is a small boutique hotel located within walking distance of pretty much all of downtown Newport. I highly recommend a stay there!
This year, since we loved Rhode Island so much, we decided to try another boutique hotel in Narragansett, RI. The Break used to be a member of Lark Hotels but has now branched out on its own. It has all the charm and beautiful decor of Lark Hotels!
We loved The Break, and Narragansett had some great restaurants and numerous, beautiful beaches. Especially Scarborough Beach where we collected a ton of amazing sea glass! The pool area was gorgeous, we went on a beautiful morning run and visited Point Judith Lighthouse, and the roof top deck was delightful for afternoon, ahem, evening cocktails!
Although Narragansett is really beautiful, it is definitely a laid back beach town. There are many options for “beaching it” which I do truly love to do on most occasions. Chuck doesn’t love the beach as he is not keen on “sitting still” for long periods of time. We do both love to sit and read when given the opportunity, but on our anniversary trip we like to hop around and explore. On our second day,(yes, with our oldest two home from college and able to hold down the fort we are able to get away for TWO nights now!), we decided to head back to Newport for the day. We had fallen so in love with it the previous year!
I, of course, had to get my shopping/window browsing in on Thames St. Delightful little shops everywhere! Then off to Bellevue Ave. to browse the beautiful stores there. After Chuck had spent too many hours waiting for me at that point, patient as ever, we knew it was time to head to our favorite burger joint that we had discovered the year before.
Quite honestly, I work out regularly and eat well 80% of the time, but I would do anything for a good burger and fries. It’s not always an easy thing to find! Well…shut the front door! Mission Burger on Marlborough Street in Newport has changed my life! Not only are their burgers and fries TO DIE FOR but they also serve great beers!!!(@missionnpt.com). You order at the counter and get your drinks. They give you a dinosaur figurine with a celebrity name to place on your table in order to find you for delivery. It’s got an industrial, rustic decor and we just love it! If you love burgers and find yourself in Newport you MUST go!
Next up was driving through the Newport mansion area. Years ago we visited another part of Rhode Island while our son attended a lacrosse camp.It was approximately 97-100 degrees with 95% humidity , and while we tried to make a little vacay of it with our girls, we were wet noodles dealing with the heat. We did the walking mansion tour while sweating out more than we could drink in water. The girls were miserable and all I remember was being so emotional thinking about my son in full goalie equipment all day at camp!
On our anniversary trip we got smart and just drove by all the mansions! Much better! We drove all along the coast until we found Castle Hill Inn. Beautiful!!! We loved it so much we had drinks and went back the next night for dinner. This year we made a beeline for it after my day of shopping and stayed forever! It’s breathtaking! The views, the service, the cocktails, the food…I’m honestly counting the minutes until we can go back!
Our dinner at the outside bar was so good we’re still talking about it. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we re-created it this summer at home for our family! We finished our visit to Castle Hill Inn off with a delicious creme brûlée then headed back to The Break.
Back at our hotel we spent a bit of time in the upstairs bar for coffee. It was so cute in there! Then we went back to our adorable room for some champagne that we stocked in our mini fridge to Netflix and chill! It was such a fabulous get away!
(Stocked up on some of our New England faves to bring home!)
Next on the blog…Date night on the boat!